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Italy: Stadio wins Sanremo – Won't go to Eurovision

Stadio wins the Italian competition Sanremo with the song "Un giorno mi dirai". But they declined the opportunity to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. Who's gonna represent Italy now? In a few days we'll know

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Campione dei Campioni. Sanremo 2016 has finished after five nights of music and entertainment. The winner of the 66th Festival of Sanremo's Campioni (Big Artists) is Stadio with the song "Un giorno mi dirai". They have the right to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, but shortly after their Sanremo-victory, they declined to go to Stockholm. It was later confirmed by the Italian broadcaster RAI, and it's now up to RAI to decide who they are sending to Eurovision 2016.

Sanremo 2016 – result

  1. Stadio – "Un giorno mi dirai" (20,8% – Sanremo 2016 winner)
  2. Francesca Michielin – "Nessun grado di separazione" (8,3% – Eurovision 2016 representative)
  3. Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato – "Via da qui" (8,2%)
  4. Enrico Ruggeri – "Il primo amore non si scorda mai" (6,3%)
  5. Lorenzo Fragola – "Infinite volte" (6,3%)
  6. Patty Pravo – "Cieli immensi" (6,2%)
  7. Clementino – "Quando sono lontano" (5,5%)
  8. Noemi – "La borsa di una donna" (5,4%)
  9. Rocco Hunt – "Wake Up" (5,2%)
  10. Arisa – "Guardando il cielo" (4,6%)
  11. Annalisa – "Il diluvio universale" (4,3%)
  12. Elio e le Storie Tese – "Vincere l'odio" (4,2%)
  13. Valerio Scanu – "Finalmente piove" (4,2%)
  14. Alessio Bernabei – "Noi siamo infinito" (4,2%)
  15. Dolcenera – "Ora o mai più (le cose cambiano)" (3,4%)
  16. Irene Fornaciari – "Blu" (3,0%)

Sanremo 2016 schedule

Heat 1
Tuesday, 9 February
The first show featured ten Big Artists. These ten songs were voted upon by a 50% press jury and a 50% televote. No eliminations.

Heat 2
Wednesday, 10 February
The same voting system was used in the second show, where the other ten Big Artists performed. There were no eliminations during these two shows, and therefore all the twenty songs advanced to the fourth evening - the semi-final. No eliminations.

Covers night
Thursday, 11 February
Thursday was the "Covers Night" where each act of the Campioni performed a cover of an Italian song or an international hit translated into Italian. The best cover, as determined by the equal combination of votes from a press jury and a public televote, was awarded a prize. No eliminations.

Friday, 12 February
The 20 acts will compete for a place in the Final on Saturday. The voting procedure during the semi-final will be of 40% televote, 30% expert jury and 30% demoscopic poll. The weighted average of the votes from the first and second evenings as well as the votes from the fourth evening will produce a total ranking of all of the songs. The top 15 entries will qualify directly to the final held on Saturday. The bottom five entries from the fourth evening will enter a repechage round (a Second Chance round), and face an additional public televote to determine the one entry that will be readmitted to compete in the final; the other four entries will be eliminated. 16 qualifiers – 4 eliminations.

Saturday, 13 February
In the final, a total of 16 songs will be competing. The top three will advance to a second round of voting in order to select the winner. The results of both rounds of voting will be determined by a 40% televote, 30% expert jury and 30% demoscopic poll.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2016 will be Italy's 42nd contest. They have won twice, in 1964 with the song "Non Ho L'étà" and in 1990 with "Insieme: 1992". Worst result was in 1966 where they finished last. The most known song is "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" or better known as "Volare" from 1958. It is also the most covered Eurovision Song Contest song. The song has been covered by famous stars such as Dean Martin, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more...

Italy had a long pause from Eurovision Song Contest from 1998 to 2010. Since then Italy has been a"Big-5"-country, automatically qualifying for every year's Grand Final.

Last year, Italy achieved 3rd place, and were represented by the group Il Volo with their song "Grande Amore".

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